I have some audios that contain short spaces of silence with different periods of time.

Looking for information, I found this question.

The audio example is this.

Is there a way the program can do the following sequence below?

1 - Identify periods of silence

2 - Measure the silence period in seconds

3 - Convert all periods of silence to 1 second

a = Audio@"https://wolfr.am/mSeG89Up";
Column[{AudioPlot@a, AudioPlot@AudioTrim@a}]

1 Answer 1


Import the subject audio:

aud = Import["http://home.ustc.edu.cn/~xiaozh/SE/del_silences.wav"]

Identify silences:

silences = AudioIntervals[aud, #RMSAmplitude < 0.005 &];

Split the Audio object at the identified beginning and ends of the silence:

splitAuds = AudioSplit[aud, Flatten[silences]];

Lengthen the silences (by replacing them with silence of the correct length - there's no need to waste computation for AudioTimeStretch if we know we want silence):

lengthenedSilences = MapIndexed[If[OddQ[#2[[1]]], 
  Audio[ConstantArray[0., QuantityMagnitude[AudioSampleRate[aud]]], 
    SampleRate -> AudioSampleRate[aud]],#1] &, splitAuds];

*Note that I'm using the nice alternating pattern of noise and silence to decide what to replace.

Now reassemble the Audio object:

result = AudioJoin[lengthenedSilences]

*You can of course play with the threshold used at the beginning to better define what "silence" is.

  • $\begingroup$ It was fantastic. I just updated your answer by refining the RMSAmplitude value. I did this because some breathing pauses should not be changed. With this refinement, I successfully achieved my goals. I was very happy with your help. $\endgroup$
    – LCarvalho
    Nov 24, 2017 at 13:10

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